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Chester B. Himes: A Biography Hardcover – July 25, 2017

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“Dr. Jackson has presented a much needed view of an important Harlem writer. I had the pleasure of knowing Chester and most of the folk he knew. He was fun. He was good looking. And he was a wonderful story teller. Chester struggled, as most writers do, with being himself. But when he opened the special door to ‘Chester,’ we all could peep inside to a special genius. He was old and I quite young when we met. He had a flashlight to let me see the way down what could have been a dark road. Chester Himes is to writing what Miles Davis is to the trumpet, what John Coltrane is to the saxophone, what lips are to love. I am so glad this research has been completed. Chester deserves this sun to cast his shadow over the library that is the hope of black Americans.”
- Nikki Giovanni

“A riveting, one-of-a-kind tale of a writer who saw the subject of race from odd, revealing angles.”
- Clifford Thompson, Wall Street Journal

Chester B. Himes is a bracing journey through the life of an uncompromising writer.”
- Michael P. Jeffries, New York Times Book Review

“Fascinating…Jackson [is] a fluid writer.”
- Thomas Chatterton Williams, Harper's Magazine

“Makes a convincing case for a writer who's always been something of a tough sell…Jackson memorably characterizes Himes' great gifts as a writer.”
- Maureen Corrigan, NPR

“Jackson’s book―big, intelligent and unflinching―is what literary biography looks like when it’s done right.”
- Kevin Canfield, San Francisco Chronicle

“Comprehensive.”
- Alex Belth, Esquire

About the Author

Lawrence P. Jackson is Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of English and History at Johns Hopkins University. Author of Ralph Ellison: Emergence of Genius, The Indignant Generation, and My Father’s Name, he has been published in n+1 and Harper’s. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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